VICTORIA, British Columbia, Aug. 20. CULLEN Jones, America’s most recent heir to the sprint freestyle throne, continued his incredible summer by knocking .10 seconds off his National championship time of 21.94 with a 21.84 in the 50-meter freestyle at the 2006 Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Championships on Sunday.
The blazing fast effort not only erased the championship record of South African Brendon Dedekind set seven years ago on August 28, 1999 in Sydney, the time made Jones the only sub-22-second competitor at a Pan Pacific meet.
“I’m supposed to be (a rookie), but I’m feeling better all the time,” Jones said. “I just came here to represent my country as best as I could, but I couldn’t have asked for a better meet.”
Meanwhile, South African Roland Schoeman, who set the world record in the 50 SCM free at the Deutscher Ring Aquatics meet last weekend, turned in a silver-winning 22.12. Additionally, Canada’s Brent Hayden garnered bronze in 22.22 in front of a home crowd.
Schoeman recorded the fastest reaction time of the night with a .67, while sixth-place Brazilian Cesar Cielo posted the second-best reaction time with a .68 en route to a 22.45.